Football governing body FIFA has declared its intentions to launch new football games away from EA following their split.
FIFA released its own statement a few hours after EA confirmed that FIFA 23 will be their last to use the FIFA name. The body said it will work with third-party studios and publishers on the new games which would provide “more choice for football and gaming fans”. The statement also revealed some of these games are already under way.
“The first is a tailored gaming experience featuring the biggest event on earth, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” the statement reads. “Which will bring new, interactive experiences to fans across the globe”. The body further claims additional projects are “under discussion with publishers” based around the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup.
FIFA President Gianna Infantino also added some interesting comments too. “I can assure you that the only authentic, real game that has the FIFA name will be the best one available for gamers and football fans. The FIFA name is the only global, original title. FIFA 23, FIFA 24, FIFA 25 and FIFA 26, and so on – the constant is the FIFA name and it will remain forever and remain THE BEST”.
Could this mean we see a FIFA 24 that rivals the first EA Sports FC? We’ll have to wait and see, but the body says it’s currently engaging with “leading game publishers, media companies and investors” for 2024. (It hasn’t disclosed which ones just yet though.)
In the meantime, FIFA 23 will be the final EA Sports offering in the current deal later this year. The statement also declares the upcoming swansong will feature the men’s and women’s World Cup competitions in one edition for the first time. There’ll be more on that in the coming months.